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Rise of Political Islam

30 November 2002   |   Anil Madhavapeddy   |   tags:   |   all posts

Went to an interesting lecture called “Face to Face with Political Islam”, given at King’s College by Dr. Francois Burgat. He was basically plugging his new book, but the questions afterwards led to spirited discussion about the lack of leading, moderate Islamic parties in the West, and why this was (the strong Christian/Jewish control of Western media, voter apathy, etc). Also some contrasts to the growth of similar trends in Hinduism, but why that hasn’t had as much impact on world politics as Islam.
I think I’ll sign up for more of these kinds of talks in the future … I missed the series of lectures that Edward Said gave here in Cambridge, which sounded fantastic.

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